Synonyms and Antonyms of legerdemain

  1. 1 the art or skill of performing tricks or illusions for entertainment <the illusionist's show is an entertaining blend of legerdemain and over-the-top showmanship> Synonyms conjuring, hocus-pocus, magic, prestidigitationRelated Words deception, deceptiveness, trickery

  2. 2 the use of clever underhanded actions to achieve an end <the reduction of the deficit is due in part to financial legerdemain that masks the true costs of running the government> Synonyms artifice, chicane, chicanery, gamesmanship, hanky-panky, jiggery-pokery, jugglery, trickery, skulduggery (or skullduggery), subterfuge, wileRelated Words artfulness, caginess (also cageyness), craftiness, cunning, deviousness, foxiness, oiliness, shadiness, sharpness, shiftiness, shrewdness, slickness, slipperiness, slyness, sneakiness, treachery, underhandedness, wiliness; crookedness, crookery, cunning, deceit, deceitfulness, deception, deceptiveness, dishonesty, dissimulation, double-dealing, dupery, duplicity, guile, guilefulness, hypocrisy, insincerity; fakery, humbuggery, imposture, quackery; dirty pool, dirty tricks; design, plotting, scheming, secrecy, stealthNear Antonyms artlessness, forthrightness, guilelessness, ingenuousness, sincerity; candidness, candor, directness, openness, plainness, plainspokenness

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